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Cancer and Marriage

by GregP_WN.

Life with cancer can be a pressure cooker. It dials up the stress on every aspect of your life. But it’s personal relationships that may show the strain of cancer the most – especially marriages. The question isn’t “will living with cancer change your marriage;” it will. But will “change” mean a stronger bond between you and your mate, or the end of your relationship?Terrilyn

“Marriage isn’t easy,” writes WhatNexter LiveWithCancer. “It is even more difficult, I think, when you throw in a...

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Has Cancer Changed Your Personality?

by Brian English.

Without question, that moment when you hear the words “you have cancer,” is a life-changing event. But while it may make an unalterable shift in the course of your life, has it changed you – who you are – fundamentally? Since your diagnosis, are you a different person?

Has Cancer Changed Your Personality

Chemotherapy may have less of an effect on personality, but every WhatNexter has heard of “chemo brain” – that “my brain is mush” side effect that can make you forgetful and put you in a daze.

All of these elements can...

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Cancer and Supplements: Yes or No?

by Brian English.

Anyone living with cancer has surely heard at least something about dietary supplements. And not long after hearing about them, you’ve probably heard all kinds of opinions – some pro-supplements, some anti-supplements. Indeed, the use of dietary supplements by cancer patients is a long-running discussion. The question remains: is it safe to take dietary supplements while you’re living with cancer or undergoing cancer treatments?

Cancer And Supplements, Yes Or No

It’s not an easy question to answer with a simple “yes” or “no....

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6 Great Ways to Thank Your Caregiver

by Brian English.

Caregivers are crucial and often underappreciated partners in cancer care. Whether they’re supporting you by doing small errands, taking over the bills, or simply being at your side, these people are on this journey with you. It can be a tough and stressful experience.

Caregivers Rock 6 Ways To Say Thank You

Of course, while you appreciate all the efforts from your caregivers, the fact that you need a caregiver at all is an indication that you’re enduring some tough times of your own. With all the tribulations of cancer treatment...

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Do You Need a Vacation From Cancer?

by Brian English.

Everyone needs a vacation. And perhaps no one needs a vacation more than cancer patients. But not necessarily the gentle island breezes and swaying palm trees sort of vacation; patients need an emotional and mental vacation from just dealing with the disease.

Take A Vacation From Cancer

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Cancer can be all consuming. From the moment of diagnosis onward, it seems to be the nonstop topic of conversation. You talk about cancer. The changes in your life are about cancer. It’s always there, close to the surface, not quite...

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When Cancer is Over, Is it Really Over?

by Brian English.

This is the day. You step out of the hospital, out into the fresh air and breathe deep. This is the day you’ve dreamt about.

I Survived Cancer

It could be the day you hear you cancer is in remission. It could be the last day of a course of chemo. It’s the day when you get away from tests and treatments. The day you re-join the day-to-day world.

“Finally,” you think. “It’s over.”

Well … sort of.

Does cancer really end? When cancer is “over,” is it really over? It’s another aspect of the disease that every...

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Cancer..... In 6 Words

by GregP_WN.

There are hundreds of descriptions of cancer, some dark, some realistic, some humorous. Ask a cancer survivor for a description of cancer and they will have a hard time trying to decide which description to give, we have many. We asked the WhatNext Community for a 6 word description of their cancer journey and this is what they said. 

"It's not easy, but I'm alive" - Angeldancer

Cancer In 6 Words Angeldancer

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"Disbelief, fear, anxiety, adjust, love, optimism." - Whitey61

"Fought my worst enemy and won" -Leesa22...

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Free Services For Cancer Patients

by Brian English.

The high cost of cancer treatment is legendary. But as word of the incredible financial burden of fighting this disease has spread, more and more organizations have popped up to donate services to cancer patients to help ease some of the costs. Many of these services are 100% free for cancer patients, and offer everything from airfare to spa treatments.

Free Services For Cancer Patients

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Some of these services are disease or gender specific, but this list should provide a great head start for finding volunteer...

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Things People With Cancer Want You to Know

by GregP_WN.

Cancer patients and survivors are sometimes misunderstood, there are things happening to us that we don't want, can't help, and wish would stop. Some things happen in our lives that affect our friends and family, sort of like extended side effects of cancer. So here are some things we want you to know. 

Things Cancer Patients Want You To Know

1) We are doing the best we can right now. Please give us a little slack and understanding, we may not be our normal self when with our friends and family, but we still love you the...

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The Top 5 Reasons I Was Late for Work During Cancer Treatment

by GregP_WN.

Any cancer patient knows that if you're counting on things being done right on schedule, you should probably look for something other than cancer treatments, appointments, procedures, etc. So these are the Top 5 reasons I have been late to work. I bet you can relate.....

1) The Radiation Machine was broken......again. How many times have you arrived at the center only to be told, "sorry, the machine is down, we will reschedule you asap"?

Out Of Order Radiation

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2) I arrived for my 8AM appointment with my...

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